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Up Close: Dayna Smart

Junior Dayna Smart on balance beam. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)


Nickname(s): Day, Dayners, Smart

Favorite cold cereal: Any kind. Seriously, I even like Grapenuts.

Favorite Brad Cattermole quote: "Don't get your undies in a bunch."

I chose gymnastics over other sports because: I didn't really have a choice. My parents put me in gymnastics the day after I learned to walk and I just stuck with it.

Before a meet I: Try and take a nap, relax and listen to music

How did I spend my off-season: In school and working out with Mojo (weight coach Josh Morzelewski).

Who has had the greatest influence on my gymnastics career and why: My parents. They are definitely the reason I have gotten this far in the sport.

What do I want to be doing 20 years from now: Happily married, taking my little kids to run errands with me to the bank and Target.

People say I look like: People used to say that I looked like my dad more than my mom, but now I get a little of both.

One place I would like to visit: Italy

My favorite book is: The Secret Journal of Brett Colton. Thanks to Kylee (Draper) for introducing it to me.

If I could play another sport it would be: Soccer. My younger siblings play it and I think it is the coolest sport

My favorite professor or most interesting class I've taken at BYU: Surprisingly, I thought accounting was interesting, and also exercise physiology.

What is my most memorable athletic achievement or moment: 2002 JO Nationals in Maryland, and Regionals and Nationals my sophomore year here. That was awesome!

If I had to give up all of my possessions except one, what would be the one thing I kept: Probably my journal. If I could have two, I would also want to keep my photo albums.

Favorite scripture: Oh that's a tough one.....Philippians 4:13, Mosiah 4:2-3, Ether 12:27

My favorite web site is: oh for sure gmail

My advice to youngsters: Enjoy being a kid!

Interesting fact most people don't know about me: I was born in Virginia

My favorite toy as a child was: I remember really liking my easy bake oven I got for Christmas one year

If I were on "Who Wants to be a Millionaire," the person I'd call for my lifeline is and why: My dad or my grandpa Smart.

If I were hosting you on a recruiting visit to Provo, the most impressive thing I'd have to show you is: The student athlete center, and a drive through the canyon. Utah has the prettiest mountains. I love them.

If you could invite any three people to dinner who would they be: Joseph Smith, my sister Erica, and then maybe George Washington.

On the day of a meet, how do your friends and relatives follow the meet: My family and friends comes to all the home meets, and my parents come to most of the away meets. They are amazing!

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